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Home Town: Mooresville, Indiana, USA
Living In: Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Member Since: Nov. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a mother of 3 and I am currently attending school in Italy. I grew up in Dallas,Texas and was greatly influenced by southern cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook Desserts and things that I have never eaten before. I love to make southwestern dishes and absolutlely my favorite thing to cook is Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of my family traditions is chili! Growing up in Texas allowed me the oppurtunity to be very open minded about the different variations this dish can have.One thing you must have with the chili is corn bread!
My cooking triumphs
Well this was my first year away from the U.S.A and my 1st Thanksgiving in Italy! I served a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner to 22 Italians and they ate everything!!! I was afraid because they had never had a turkey like we have in the states! It took forever to find the bird,but I was lucky and a farmer had a 32lb bird he got ready for me, There was none left after 40 minutes into the dinner!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make a chocolate cream pie here in Italy and instead of evaporated milk that I couldn't find I used sweet condensed milk. It did not set right and was sticky and like concrete! But I put that pie in the fridge,let it set up and the taste was just fine but definately not the texture. Good thing they never had it before to question it. They ate it up! I was still not happy with the end product though!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Polish Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Just took this out of the oven. Fantastic. Fluffy, moist, creamy and well perfect. I did change the recipe slightly to the ingredients I had on hand. I used mascarpone instead of cream cheese, Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and almonds instead of the pecans as we don't have pecans here in Italy. I did also add in addition to the recipe a touch of cinnamon to the topping per my husbands request. Definitely a 5 star recipe and one I will use from now on ! Thank you so much.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 8, 2013
The Best Steak Marinade
FANTASTIC ! I will use this again. I did change the ingredients slightly, used 2 cloves of fresh garlic halved and used 2 Tsp. of Mustard powder. I also left out the salt. I had 4 porterhouse steaks and put 2 steaks in a ziploc bag and added the marinade and let sit for 10 hours. Grilled the steaks and they melted in our mouths. Absolutely amazing marinade. Thank you for the recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 15, 2011
Boston Baked Beans
What a very nice recipe. It is simple to prepare and very satisfying to the taste buds. (My modifications are as follows) I used a couple Tsp. of tomato paste and the ketchup as the recipe calls for and added 1 chopped green pepper as well as Maple syrup because I did not have the molasses. It was a nice treat to have here in Italy and was a joy to serve to all my Italian friends. I will make this again. Very nice recipe once again.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 5, 2010
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